It never hurts to increase your skill set, especially in this economy. And when you can do that for free, so much the better. And when you can learn something for free that is in demand all over Wall Street, well that's just the icing on the cake. So I wanted to let you know about a new course that
For those who don't know, R is quickly gaining steam among the quant trading set on Wall Street and was recently listed among top skills on Wall Street's wish list. The way it's been explained to me is that R isn't really on steroids, it's more like got exposed to a near-lethal dose of gamma radiation and morphed into the Hulk. So if you have a head for coding, it's definitely something you'll want to check out.
One of the cool things about Codeschool (and several other training sites, to be fair) is their in-browser programming environment. So you don't need to download anything and clog up your hard drive with DE's and a bunch of other junk. In fact, you do all your programming right there on your screen within the course. Now that I think about it, Khan Academy offers the same set-up in their new Computer Programming track.
I realize this won't appeal to everyone (some of us aren't as quant-inclined as others), but it might even be worth checking out the course to gain a little mile-high overview of R. It doesn't hurt to be able to talk about it even if you're no expert.
Anyway, let me know if that helps anyone out here. I try to keep my ear to the ground for things that can make you more competitive or make your lives easier, and maybe this is one of those things. If not, it didn't cost you anything.
For the record, I've taken courses at Codeschool before and they're very well done.